Events & Opportunities

Engage with COP26 by signing up for the latest events, training and opportunities for youth workers and young people from across the sector.

Training Courses

Sign up for a free educator's course with National Geographic

Connect with a global community of educators while transforming your teaching practice with National Geographic’s free online courses for educators. Courses range in content, length, and schedule, and are open to any educator from anywhere in the world who works with students in either a formal or informal setting.

Learning for a Sustainable Future

Climate change, gender equality, health, social equity, and inclusion are issues that affect us all, impacting human well-being and economic stability. On this five-week course, you’ll develop an informed personal response to these major challenges as you’re supported to take positive actions towards a sustainable future

Teaching Climate Change

On this course, you’ll learn how to successfully teach climate change to secondary school students aged 11-14 years old. You’ll learn about the key facts behind the climate crisis, before going on to develop practical learning activities for your pupils.

Tackling the Climate Crisis Together

On this two-week course, you’ll explore how climate change affects different people and places in varying ways and how we, and our world leaders, can take action.

Turning Climate Anxiety into Positive Action

Start out on your journey to turning climate change anxiety into positive and lasting action. Looking at the role technology can play in tackling climate change, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing our planet in the future and how to overcome them.

Environmental Justice

Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environment management.

My Mooc

My Mooc helps you to browse free and certified online courses. Just filter the category by topic and find a variety of climate emergency related courses to suit your needs.

Climate Literacy Modules

Access eight modules, centred around themes connected to climate change. The modules are accessible self-teaching tools, to allow adults without any scientific background to learn more about climate change and what they can do about it from the comfort of their own home.

Professional Learning Courses

Scotdec offers a wide variety of courses on sustainability, climate action and global citizenship for those in the youth sector.

OpenLearn - Nature & Environment

Study free courses on the topic of 'Nature & Environment' with OpenLearn.

Earth School

Embark on 30 adventures – or Quests – that will help you understand and celebrate our natural world, while learning about how dependent we are on our planet.

 

Events

Saving Our Planet and Making it Fun

Fighting climate change has never been more vital and in this session just before COP26 Generations Working Together will celebrate environmental intergenerational projects and show you why saving the planet can be fun.

Products for the Planet

Sign up to collaborate with entrepreneurial designers, developers, data analysts, marketers, sector experts and more, who will develop innovative products, services or tools that educate, empower and inspire public action against some of the planet's biggest challenges. Participants will form small cross-functional teams to work on a product prototype with support from subject matter experts and the wider technology community.

 

Funding

Together for Our Planet Fund

Apply for £1,000 to £10,000 of National Lottery funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change.

Love Your Network Grant

Grants of equipment and training bundles are available for community groups in Scotland to deliver projects which will benefit people or wildlife on the traffic-free paths of the National Cycle Network in Scotland.

Magic Little Grants

£500 in funding available to projects involved in: Improving biodiversity and green spaces Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability Increasing community access to outdoor space

 

Awards

Awards Network Scotland

This search engine provides a network of youth awards in Scotland, and will support you to find an award suitable for your youth group.

Archeology Scotland - Heritage Hero Awards

Archaeology Scotland’s Heritage Hero Awards offer a framework, a focus and a reward for groups undertaking heritage focused projects.

John Muir Award

Learn more about the John Muir Award to find out how your young people can be recognised for connecting, enjoying and caring for their wild spaces.

RSPB - Wild Challenge

Wild Challenge is a call to get up, get out and get wild! It's a challenge for you to connect with the natural world - to reach out and touch it and meet it head-on, up-close and personal. There are a range of fun activities to choose from and bronze, silver and gold awards to achieve.

Woodland Trust - Green Tree Schools Award

Green Tree Schools Award encourages outdoor learning and inspires pupils about trees, woods and wildlife.

 

 

Competitions

Scottish Interfaith Week

Young People’s Competition: Together For Our Planet. A competition for young people to find new ways to make religious festivals more eco-friendly.

Scottish Youth Film Foundation

SYFF have partnered with the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive and ScottishPower to launch a film competition designed to give young Scots a voice at COP26.

 

Activism Opportunities

90kg Rice Challenge

The 90kg Rice Challenge is the perfect social enterprise activity for your school, church or community group covering a range issues which are prevalent in today’s society including fair trade, sustainability, social enterprise and global citizenship.

Join a Climate Action Group

Find a climate action group near you.

Form your own Climate Action Group

Register your interest in becoming a Climate Action group to join hundreds of groups across the country campaigning for urgent climate action.

Future for Fridays

Find your nearest Fridays for Future Scotland group and find out how your young people can get involved.

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